Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam (Duke LLM ’18) nominated to federal bench

Jun 15, 2021Latest News

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United States Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam, a 2018 graduate of Duke Law School’s Master of Judicial Studies program, was nominated by President Biden to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut on June 15, according to a statement released by the White House.

Judge Merriam has served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut since 2015. Previously, she served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Connecticut from 2007 to 2015.  Judge Merriam served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Meskill on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 2002 to 2003 and for Judge Alvin Thompson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut from 2000 to 2002. She received an LLM from Duke Law School in 2018, her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2000, and her B.A. from Georgetown in 1993.

Judge Merriam has also written for Judicature, a scholarly journal for judges published by the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School.

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